Posts Tagged ‘Ordination’

Former Manchester United footballer ordained a priest

Monday, July 10th, 2017

A former professional footballer from Northern Ireland, Philip Mulryne, has been ordained a priest in the Dominican Order. Mulryne, who is reported to have once earned £600,000 a year, has also taken a vow of poverty. He made his debut in 1997 with Manchester United and won 27 caps for Northern Ireland. Read more Related Read more

Insights about the newly ordained

Monday, May 29th, 2017

A survey of 444 newly ordained priests in the United States shows they were closely connected to the church when they were growing up. The survey run by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University shows most of the new priests went to Catholic schools. Family example is another important factor Read more

Assisting with abortion an obstacle to ordination

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Assisting with abortion  – even for former non-Catholics – is an obstacle to ordination. According to the National Catholic Reporter, the Vatican published the ruling on Thursday after Pope Francis approved the interpretation of church law during a Pontifical Council in May. The Catholic Church considers the sanctity of life “so absolute” that the new Read more

Number of German priest ordinations plummets to new low

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Ordinations in Germany have dropped by 50 per cent in the last decade. The decrease reflects a continuous downward trend, with only 122 diocesan priests ordained in 2005; five decades ago, in 1965, the number was 500. While there were almost 20,000 Catholic priests in Germany in 1990, today their number has already dropped to Read more

Two newly ordained priests in Auckland have very different stories

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Fr Marchellino Park realised his calling to priesthood after God granted him a second lease on life following a robbery and brutal beating several years ago that sent him into a coma. And a single Gospel passage about casting out nets was decisive for Fr Austin Fernandes in his vocational journey. Korean-born Fr Park and Read more

Jesuit To Be Ordained In Auckland

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

On Saturday, 6 August, the Feast of the Transfiguration, Bishop Patrick Dunn will ordain Deacon Justin Glyn SJ a priest at the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph, Auckland, in a ceremony commencing at 11.30am. The following day, at 9.30am, he will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Read more

US nun excommunicated after illicit ordination

Friday, October 30th, 2015

A US nun was excommunicated and dismissed from her religious order last week after admitting that she was secretly ordained as a priest. Sr Leticia Rawles, 67, was ordained in April by the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests and has since presided over religious services. Currently critically ill in hospital, Sr Rawes said she Read more

Newly ordained priest celebrates mass in home town

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Last Sunday, newly ordained Patrick Bradford celebrated a thanksgiving Mass in St Joseph’s church in Waitara. Bradford, who is 29,  grew up in St Joseph’s Parish. He studied for the priesthood at a seminary in Melbourne and was ordained in Melbourne on 12 September. After leaving Francis Douglas Memorial College, Bradford majored in accounting at Read more

Women’s ordination activists gather to send signal to Pope

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Some 500 activists wanting women’s ordination will gather for a meeting in Philadelphia one week before Pope Francis arrives in the city. The US-based Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC) is hosting the Women’s Ordination Worldwide meeting from September 18-20. The gathering will assess the place of women in church and society and develop plans to advance Read more

Priesthood and Ordination

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Last weekend, the Archdiocese of Sydney was blessed with two new priests – Fathers Thomas Stevens and Lewi Barakat. Ordinations are always an emotional occasion, but this particular Ordination Mass had a significant impact on me. In the weeks leading up to the Ordination, (then) Deacon Lewi had told me that the Ordination was not Read more